HEARTBREAKING pictures show a terrified baby with its scalp burned off crying in agony in its teenage mother’s arms.
Little Talisma Bezum’s head “caught fire” after depraved Burmese soldiers launched a grenade at her house in the Buddhist-majority Burma, also known as Myanmar.
The tot and her mum Areta Begum, 18, are among the estimated half a million Rohingya Muslims to flee Burma amid an alleged campaign of ethnic cleansing in the country.
Speaking with The Sunday Mirror, Areta revealed her child’s wound has turned septic and fears the burn will kill her.
The teen mum trekked for eight days to escape Burma’s Rakhine district and is now caring for her tot at a refugee slum camp on the border with Bangladesh.
Areta said the military sprayed her house with bullets.
She added: “They tortured people in the village and then they set off an explosion, a bomb, near my house. My baby’s head caught fire.”
The scared mother said she tried to seek medical help for her injured baby but there was “no medicine” at the doctors.
“I’m scared. I do not know if my daughter will survive or die. I am her mother and there’s nothing I can do,” said Areta.
They are the latest victims in a deadly exodus the United Nations says is the world’s fastest-growing refugee emergency.
The refugees drowned in heavy seas off Bangladesh last night as they fled a Burmese military purge that has so far forced more than half a million people from their homes.
One survivor, Abdul Kalam, 55, said his wife, two daughters and a grandson were among the dead.
Kalam said armed Buddhists had come to his village about a week ago and taken away livestock and food.
He said villagers had been summoned to a military office and told there were no such people as Rohingya in Burma
After that he decided to leave and headed to the coast with his family, avoiding military camps on the way.